Bar carts are one of the most versatile pieces of home décor and a must-have for anyone who loves to entertain guests. They’re perfect to roll out during any gathering or celebration to present your drinks, treats, and other party essentials. Even though we’re not doing much hosting these days, bar carts are equally perfect for putting your favorite home décor or extra dinnerware on display.
If you’re in need of a little inspiration, here are 16 gorgeous bar cart ideas to upgrade your space.
Go Green With Bar Cart Plants
Plant parents will be especially happy to hear that adding a plant or two is one of the best ways to decorate your bar cart, especially if you have the right amount of sunlight. Consider a colorful indoor plant for a natural pop of color or a small air plant to nest in extra drinkware or styled on a tray.
Add Your Favorite Coffee Table Books
Adding coffee table books to your bar cart can help you play around with height. With a few books, you can elevate your barware, liquor bottles, or other pieces of décor.
It’s also the perfect place for cocktail books so you can have quick and easy access to new recipes.
Use Fruit As Décor
Not only does fruit on your bar cart make it pop with a range of vibrant colors, but its also practical—you'll be stocked for the next time you want to add a splash of citrus to your cocktail. You can fill up a bowl with a mix of your favorites. or add a handful of oranges, lemons, and limes to put on display in sleek glass containers.
Use a Drink Dispenser for Your Next Get-Together
Beverage dispensers are ideal for party punch, sangria, or any other large batches of your favorite concoctions. They’re also handy for non-alcoholic beverages like lemon water to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Tidy Up Your Bottles With a Modern Organizer
Rather than gathering your liquor bottles together in a section of your bar cart, keep them organized with a bottle rack. Looking for a modern touch? Try a chic and modern acrylic or lucite organizer.
Have Fun With Florals
Can you ever really go wrong decorating with florals? Grab a fresh bouquet or dried flower bundle to style your bar cart.
Bonus points if you have empty liquor bottles to upcycle as flower vases.
Highlight Your Glassware
You don’t need to make major changes to upgrade your bar cart. Simply switching out your cocktail glasses to options in different colors and styles between holidays, gatherings, and seasons can be the refresh your bar cart needs.
Add a Serving Tray
Serving trays are an entertaining essential. A serving tray is a fun and functional piece to keep on your bar cart or use to serve your drinks after putting your at-home bartender skills to the test.
Store Your Bottles in a Multi-functional Glass Shadow Box
Instead of a serving tray or bottle rack, you can use a glass shadow box to store your liquor bottles. You can also swap out the bottles and use the shadow box as storage for your go-to bar cart accessories.
Make the Most of Every Tier
The last thing you want to do is overcrowd your bar cart when you’re actively using it. While the top tier may be prime real estate, having a bar cart with multiple tiers can be useful for spreading out your hosting gear.
You can put the priority treats and cocktails on top and utilize the rest of the tiers as refill stations with appetizers, water, and more.
Dress Up Your Bar Cart With a Garland
Holidays aren’t the only times you can use garlands—they’re great year-round for bar carts, too. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to spice up your space, you can add a fun garland to your bar cart as a decoration.
Colorful pom pom garlands can be used for a pop of color any time of the year, but there are plenty of options—from garlands inspired by fall foliage to winter snowflakes—that you can switch up with the change of the seasons.
Keep It Minimal
You may be tempted to go all out with decorating your bar cart, but sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. By putting only the essentials on your cart, you’ll be able to avoid the clutter and get more of a clean, minimalist look.
Even though bar carts can be a statement piece on their own, going minimal can let the bar cart shine even more, especially when you’re sporting a unique design.
Add Your Favorite Piece of Artwork
If you’re not sure how to style your bar cart, there’s one thing you can add to change up your look: a piece of art. Whether it’s something you made on your own, a print from your favorite illustrator, or something you picked up at a thrift store, framed art can add personality to your space.
And the best part? You can easily switch out the artwork and customize your display for special occasions, like birthday parties or holidays.
Use Your Bar Cart as a Bedside Table
Bar carts tend to find homes in living rooms, dining rooms, or kitchens—but, if there’s one place you should consider putting a bar cart, it’s your bedroom. Instead of using an ordinary bedside table, you can use a bar cart as a chic alternative. It’s especially useful if you’re working with a small space and want to roll it out whenever you have guests over.
Make a Statement With Gold
One of the easiest ways to get a glam bar cart is to decorate it with gold statement pieces. Whether it’s a luxe candle holder or a mix of drinkware and barware with metallic accents, you can’t go wrong with a stunning gold color scheme.
Store Your Treats in Your Barware
Trade your cocktails for candy and popcorn for the ultimate snack cart. Use your drinkware—preferably wide-mouth options like martini glasses—to store your snacks. It beats your average movie night setup and is just another example of how versatile a bar cart can be.